iOS 7 unveiled, includes new UI and features – all you need to know

June 10, 2013
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Control Center

iOS 7 Control Center

In addition to the Notification Center, iOS 7 will offer access to a new “center” called Control Center. It’s a quick settings panel that lets you access several settings from anywhere on the phone. Swipe up in any app and you’ll get the menu below, in which you’ll be able to turn on/off Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Distrub and modify the screen orientation, adjust brightness and volume, control music playback, use AirDrop and AirPlay and enable the flashlight, timer, calculator and camera.

Multitasking

Multitasking is an iOS 7 feature that’s completely changed compare to previous OS iterations. We’re not only talking about the appearance, which is somewhat webOS-like, but also the functionality.

iOS 7 Multitasking

iOS 7 will know what apps you use most and the OS will have those apps “ready” to offer updated content appropriately. The OS will also analyze the status of the device’s connectivity options to update content and apps in the background while the user is simply turning on the device for a particular purpose. Notifications would also trigger updates for an app – like going to that particular app after receiving a notification – according to the presentation.

The new multitasking design will show a preview screen of each of the apps opened, not only the icon as the previous iOS versions do (check out the image above).

Safari

Described as the “most popular mobile browser in the world,” Safari has also been updated in iOS 7. The browser comes with a unified smart search field that’s hidden until activated on top of the page, a new tab view that’s not limited to just eight open tabs, support for shared and reading lists but also support for iCloud Keychain and a password generator, features that are also part of the OS X Mavericks desktop update that was announced at WWDC 2013 as well.

iOS 7 Safari

With iCloud Keychain, users will be able to save login details in Safari and sync them between various OS X and iOS devices that use the same iCloud account. The service comes with 256-bit encryption, credit card support, and a password generator that can create “unique, hard-to-guess passwords.”

AirDrop

With AirDrop, iOS device users can share photos, videos, documents, contacts, “and anything else from any app” from the Share button. As long the persons you want to share stuff with are in reach (Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth), you can do that from inside the app that supports this sharing features.

iOS 7 AirDrop

Users can share the same thing with multiple people “you just tap, tap, tap, no need to wonder around the room bumping your phone with others [Craig Federighi said mimicking Samsung’s NFC-based S Beam sharing feature].” In fact, there is no NFC support in iOS 7, or at least it hasn’t been mentioned yet.

While the feature works system-wide and file transfers are encrypted, not all iOS devices will actually be able to use it.

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